FRANKFURT -- PSA Group brands continued to surge in Germany last month with their registrations outpacing the total market's 7.4 percent growth.
Total market registrations increased to 261,749, the country's Federal Motor Vehicle Authority, the KBA, said in a statement.
Peugeot's sales 44 percent jump, while Citroen's volume gained 19 percent. Sales at DS brand grew 129 percent.
PSA's Europe chief, Maxime Picat, said vehicles such as the 2008, 3008 and 5008 SUVs have boosted Peugeot sales but said the increase should be compared with a poor performance in the past. "We are now over 2 percent market share, which is not magnificent, but it's an improvement," he said.
Renault's German registrations increased 12 percent, while Dacia volume rose 31 percent.
Among Volkswagen Group brands, Seat sales jumped 21 percent, Skoda sales were up 18 percent and VW brand registrations increased 12 percent.
Ford sales increased 7.4 percent, Opel registrations were up 6.7 percent and Fiat sales rose 9.3 percent.
Luxury brands had mixed fortunes. Porsche registrations rose 9.6 percent. Audi sales fell 3.6 percent, and BMW registrations were down 0.7 percent, while Mercedes-Benz sales grew 0.7 percent.
• Download PDF, above right, for German sales by brand for February.
Among Asian automakers, Hyundai sales rose 9.7 percent, Toyota's volume increased 6 percent, Mazda sales were up 7.5 percent and Kia registrations grew 0.4 percent. Nissan sales fell 21 percent.
Diesel sales continued to decline last month, falling 20 percent to give diesels a 32.5 percent market share. Sales of gasoline-fueled cars jumped 26 percent to a 62.9 percent market share.
A court decision last month allowing German cities to make their own decisions regarding banning some diesel vehicles from their streets will likely impact future sales in the market.
Private registrations jumped 21 percent, while business sales rose 0.8 percent.
Peter Sigal contributed to this report